07 March 2011 Rare Javan Rhino Caught on Camera Posted by: Molly Edmonds | 1 comment | Share: After last week’s discouraging news on the extinction of the eastern cougar, it’s nice to hear about a critically endangered species hanging in there. Even better, it’s nice to see it. World Wildlife Fund-Indonesia (WWF) just released some exciting rare images of the Javan rhinoceros, captured by motion-activated video cameras. Less than 60 Java rhinos remain in the world, and are now only believed to be found in Ujung Kulon National Park in western Indonesia, according to WWF. The videos captured a female and her calf peacefully browsing through the rainforest vegetation — normal, everyday behavior for one of the most endangered mammals on earth. The camera footage reveals once in a lifetime glimpses of this powerful, yet gentle-looking animal. You can even make out the rhino’s armor-like skin, an appearance created by the way the skin folds. Although these images give us encouragement, the rhinos still face serious threats from poaching or habitat loss, and the entire population (and therefore species) could be wiped out by any major disaster (natural or man-made). The video-traps are part of a WWF and park official monitoring project, which uses local people in the hope to reduce poaching and inspire protection for the rhino. One Response to “Rare Javan Rhino Caught on Camera” Robert Blackiston March 8th, 2011 WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reply Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap Up Washington Wildlife Officials Issue Kill Order for Huckleberry Wolf Pack; Illinois Adds Wolves as a Protected Species; Keeping our Sights on OR-7; Yawning is contagious – even in wolves! Courage for Conservation Thanks to the efforts of the Tribes of Fort Peck, bison have been returned to their historic home in the Great Plains. The Passenger Pigeon’s Everlasting Mark – America’s Most Infamous Extinction The passenger pigeon’s human-caused extinction 100 years ago is a haunting reminder of how important the ESA is for endangered species.